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Healthy Living: Boost Your Immune System

Updated on December 9, 2011

Nutrition

Eating nutritious foods will do the whole world of good for your immune system. A healthy diet is essentially a happy diet, your body needs a specific amount of calories to stay healthy and junk food is a no-go area for sure. Embrace fruit and vegetables like never before, they are packed full of wonderful vitamins and minerals which are important for having healthy vitality and bodily maintenance.

Now, a diet cannot just be fruit and vegetables, indulge in those wholesome foods! From wheat and oats to beans, brown rice and bread. These types of foods all give you the right carbohydrates for slow releasing energy - you will feel better for changing your diet in small ways.

Exercise

Doing regular exercise will improve your general health and fitness, which in correlation will improve your immune system and protect your wellness. The fitter someone is, the easier they will find it to fight off infections and diseases. Also, You'll have more white blood cells from improved fitness and this means you will have a better response fighting both serious illnesses aswell as all ailments affecting the body.

An ideal fitness goal is to do something which will get you out of breath for at least 20 minutes a few times a week - any effort though is better than no effort though!

Relaxing

After a hard day it is important to give yourself a break - it's time to relax and rejuvenate. Help yourself replenish by having a meal with adequate nutrition like I mentioned earlier, also filling up on extra protein is a good idea as this will help your muscles recover quicker to start working again.

Sleeping is also a very important aspect of keeping your immune system as it's best. Sleeping in a regular pattern is essential because it is the quality of sleep we have, not the quantity. For example sleeping 6 hours one night then 10 hours the next night to make up for what you missed out on would not be as effective as sleeping 8 hours repeatedly.

Stress

In today's world stress affects millions of people but chronic stress can cause serious destruction to our immune system.

Do your best to work on some relaxation or breathing techniques such as five minutes of deep breathing when you feel stressed. You will feel better for doing it. It's small techniques like this which will gradually relieve stress.

Always remember to give yourself a break or a quick time out from the things which seem to stress you. This break will give your immune system time to repair.

Social Activity

Time to laugh out loud! Your immune system likes it when you get out and mingle. People who nurture the value of camaraderie and social support always recover quicker than those who prefer to stay in bed and not do anything. This is purely down to the fact that the enjoyment of social activity will make you feel better, and someone who feels better is naturally going to repair faster!

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    • privateye2500 profile image

      privateye2500 

      6 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      Do not be over weight.

      Did I miss seeing that one?

      Do not drink alcohol.

      The News is out! Studies FINALLY show heavy drinkers and fat people die at higher ratios than smokers.

      I am hubbing on it with the science.

    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR

      Infopedia 

      6 years ago from Worldwide

      Hey again Injured lamb.

      It's good to see you know the value of good nutrition, turning a blind eye to healthier alternatives will certainly do us no favours!

      Thanks for commenting.

    • Injured lamb profile image

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks again Steve for another useful hub here for us...indeed, nutrition do play the important role to boost our immune system which most of the people love to overlook it, you did a good job Steve, appreciate much.

    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR

      Infopedia 

      6 years ago from Worldwide

      @Bolt1951 Excellent! I'm glad this Hub related so well with you.

      I'm also glad to hear that you made such a great decision to do your best to improve your health. It's amazing to see how positive you were with what you had to through and even better how positive you still are. I hope you do get back on the wagon ASAP!

      Thanks for commenting once again I appreciate all of your inputs

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      bolt1951 

      6 years ago

      Every single thing you mentioned is so, so true I once weighed 285 or 280 not that it makes a difference I am 5'11" so that is the equivalent of carrying an extra human. You get tired easily and it effects all of your system in may ways like high blood pressure, I started seeing a nutritionist and within months lost over 40 pounds. Then a luck might have it I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which put all I did to a complete halt. The treatment us needless to say brutal and I dropped to 178.

      I Thank God am finished and expect to return and get back on the wagon ASAP. Thank you you are a very informative young man, and inspirational at that.

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      infoforum 

      6 years ago from Universe

      Really useful

    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR

      Infopedia 

      6 years ago from Worldwide

      Much appreciated Sinea!

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      All very sound advice for a healthy future. Voted useful!

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